Los Angeles Times obituary:
Born in Dayton, Ohio, on Nov. 11, 1925, he grew up to have a rubbery, moon-shaped face and pitch-perfect ear for speech patterns. Winters could slip into such diverse characters as a redneck ballplayer, a lisping child and a prissy schoolmarm._____
Winters punctuated his comedy vignettes with realistically accurate sound effects -- a rotary phone being dialed, falling raindrops or a rushing subway. As he explained, "I try to paint verbal pictures."